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  • On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.
    Andrew Candella
    On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.
  • On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.
    Andrew Candella
    On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.
  • On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.
    Andrew Candella
    On the evening of February 4, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company presented several awards to its outstanding members and swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the coming year.

Helping The Public, Serving The Community: Lake Shore VFC Honors Members For Outstanding Volunteerism

Dylan Roche
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February 23, 2017

Among the volunteers with the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, some go out on calls, and others participate in fundraising and event planning; some give an hour or two a week, and others clock nearly 30 or 40 hours; some have been there for only a few years, and others have been doing this for decades. But no matter what they do or how long they’ve been doing it, their service to LSVFC makes a difference.

“We’ve been pretty blessed,” observed John Thursby, president of the LSVFC board of directors. “We have a pretty good group of people, some pretty dedicated people.”

Those dedicated people were recently recognized at the company’s annual banquet, where the new board of directors and officers were installed and where outstanding volunteers were presented with awards and certificates.

“We do it to recognize our members for a job well done,” said Chief Tim Hall Sr. “All year long, all 365 days a year, we’re doing something, and this is a chance for the volunteers to get together and have a good time and not worry about anything.”

Hall himself was the recipient of multiple awards, including a special one for his election to president of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association. He also received a Life Member Award for his 20 years of service. “To me personally, I don’t do this for awards,” he said. “I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it because it’s something I like doing.”

Awards for exemplary service were given to Scott Brenner, Tim Hall Jr., Stephanie Mueller, Rick Sweitzer, Debbie Bolyard and Maryann Lang. Awards for years of service were given to Mel Clark, Amber Harrison and T.J. Odendhal, who each marked five years of service in 2016; Annette Hall, who marked her 10th year of service; and Donna Odendhal, Bill Smouse and Roger Gordon, who marked 15 years of service. Bill Whitney Jr., along with Chief Hall, received a Life Member Award in recognition of 20 years of service. A special award was given to Ellen Thursby for her 30 years of service to the company.

The board of directors honored a handful of outstanding volunteers who, as Thursby described, “have stepped up to the plate and gone above and beyond the call of duty.” Roger Gordon was named Firefighter of the Year, and Ellen Thursby and Dave Bell tied for the title of Member of the Year. Unsung Hero Awards went to Jesse Wright, Tina Wright, Glenda Gross, Mel Clark, Jane Huffman and Chaplain Bob Belford.

“It’s not just who has the most calls, but who contributes the most to the fire company — you know, helping with all the events, taking charge of certain events and running with that,” Thursby said. He explained that all members of the company, whether suppression or auxiliary, are expected to participate in a certain number of events — such as bingo, dances and other fundraisers — and attend regular meetings.

These requirements are all part of the annual work of the company, and although awards and recognition are nice, there are greater motivators. “We all do it for the same reason,” said Captain Lisa Hall, a member of the board of directors. “We like helping the public and serving the community. They don’t really do it for the recognition. They love doing it, or else they wouldn’t be doing it at all.”

 

SIDEBAR: At the annual banquet, Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company swore in its board of directors and auxiliary officers for the year 2017:

Board of Directors

President: John Thursby

Vice President: Mel Clark

Secretary: Tina Wright

Treasurer: Debbie Kartub

Director: Donna Odendhal

Director: Lisa Hall

Director: Jesse Wright

Director: Jerry White

Director: Dave Bell

 

Auxiliary

President: Debbie Kartub

Vice President: Donna Odendhal

Secretary: Tina Wright

Treasurer: Carryllyn Miller


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